1. Bangkok's Unique Governance System
Unlike the other 76 provinces in Thailand, Bangkok has a unique system of governance in which the governor is elected by the people and serves a four-year term. This system of governance is a departure from the traditional system of appointing a governor, and is a reflection of the city's commitment to democracy and its citizens' right to choose their own leader. The governor is responsible for overseeing the city's infrastructure, economic development, and public safety, and is held accountable to the people of Bangkok for their decisions.
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2. Bangkok's Accident Rate is 50%
In 2010, Bangkok saw an alarming number of accidents, with 37,985 reported incidents - a staggering 50% of all accidents in Thailand. This is a worrying statistic, and one that the city must address in order to ensure the safety of its citizens and visitors.
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3. Bangkok's Canals: Vital Infrastructure
In the 19th century, Bangkok was known as the 'Venice of the East' due to its extensive network of canals and waterways, which served as the main form of transportation for the city's inhabitants. This earned the city its nickname, as the canals were reminiscent of the canals of Venice, Italy. The waterways were so important to the city that they were even used to transport goods and services, making them an integral part of Bangkok's infrastructure.
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4. Bangkok's Sister Cities Offer Unique Cultural Experiences
Bangkok is a truly international city, with sister city relationships in 15 different countries across the globe. From Washington, D.C. in the United States to Moscow, Russia, Bangkok has 23 sister cities in total, each offering unique cultural experiences and opportunities for exchange. Whether it's the vibrant nightlife of Tokyo, the ancient temples of Kyoto, or the stunning architecture of Paris, Bangkok's sister cities offer something for everyone.
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5. Stray Dogs Cause Major Problems in Bangkok
Bangkok is home to an estimated 300,000 stray dogs, making it one of the most populous cities in the world for these animals. This has become a major problem for the city, with the dogs often causing traffic accidents, spreading disease, and creating a nuisance for residents. The city has implemented various measures to try and reduce the number of strays, such as spaying and neutering programs, but the problem persists.
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6. Bangkok's Songkran Festival is a must-see event!
Every year, Bangkok plays host to the Songkran Festival, an event that has become renowned for its world-famous water-fight. Thousands of people flock to the city's streets to take part in the festivities, which involve throwing buckets of water at each other and dancing in the streets. The event is a great way to cool off during the hot summer months, and it's a great opportunity to experience the culture and traditions of Thailand.
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7. กรุงเทพมหานคร มหินทรายุธยา ตั้งแต่ 2557 นานมาก
The bustling city of Bangkok is known for its vibrant culture, delicious food, and bustling nightlife. But did you know that its full name is actually the longest city name in the world? At an astonishing 169 characters long, the full name of Bangkok is: กรุงเทพมหานคร อมรรัตนโกสินทร์ มหินทรายุธยา มหาดิลกภพ นพรัตน์ราชธานีบูรีรมย์ อุดมราชนิเวศน์มหาสถาน อมรพิมานอวตารสถิต สักกะทัตติยะวิษณุกรรมประสิทธิ์.
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8. Bangkok is one of the most popular destinations in the world!
Bangkok is a popular destination for international visitors, with MasterCard ranking it as the top destination city in 2013. This bustling city welcomed an impressive 15.98 million visitors that year, making it one of the most visited cities in the world. With its vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and stunning architecture, it's no wonder why Bangkok is such a popular destination for travelers.
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9. Sin City of Asia
Despite prostitution being illegal, Bangkok has earned the nickname 'Sin City of Asia' due to its thriving sexual tourism industry. The city is a popular destination for those seeking a variety of sexual services, from massage parlors to strip clubs and more. As a result, Bangkok has become a hub for sex workers from all over the world, making it one of the most notorious cities in Asia for its sexual activities.
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10. The world's largest Golden Buddha is located in Bangkok.
Bangkok is home to the world's largest Golden Buddha, an impressive 5.5 ton sculpture made entirely of solid gold. This awe-inspiring piece of art stands at 15 feet tall and is located in the city's famous Wat Traimit temple. The Golden Buddha is a symbol of the city's rich cultural heritage and is a must-see for any visitor to Bangkok.